Jerusalem: Near-complete official results Friday confirmed a deadlock in Israel's general election this week, putting Benny Gantz's party as the largest but without an obvious path to form a majority coalition.

The results from Israel's election committee showed Gantz's centrist Blue and White with 33 seats out of 120 and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud with 31.

Final results will be published on Wednesday, it said, and there could be changes before then. The committee said the results did not include 14 polling stations where verifications were still ongoing. Israeli media said that meant 99.8 percent of the votes had been counted. The third-largest total was the mainly Arab Joint List alliance, which won 13 seats, followed by the Jewish ultra-Orthodox party Shas with nine.

Another ultra-Orthodox party, United Torah Judaism, won eight seats, as did ex-defence minister Avigdor Lieberman's nationalist Yisrael Beitenu. The results have put Netanyahu's long tenure in office at risk.

On Thursday, he acknowledged the results did not allow him to form a right-wing coalition as he hoped and instead called on Gantz to form a unity government with him. Gantz responded by saying he would have to be prime minister in a unity government since Blue and White was the largest party.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin plans to begin consultations with all parties voted into parliament on Sunday to decide who to choose to try to form a government. 

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Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday asserted that Temples, Mosques and Churches may see re-opening of operations from June 1, and that the State was awaiting guidelines from the Centre.

Speaking to reporters at the Vidhan Soudha campus after paying tributes to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary, Yediyurappa clarified that if temples will be allowed to open from June 1, the same would also apply to Mosques and Churches across the state.

He further added that he had written to the Central government seeking resumption of several activities and operations including the opening of mosques and churches and added that they were still awaiting the approval from the Centre.

He added that people from outside the state were coming to Karnataka after the lockdown was eased and said that their housing was an issue of concern. He noted that the same was brought to the notice of the Centre, in the letter he wrote on Tuesday.

Commenting on the opening of shopping malls, Yediyurappa added that it requires consent from the Centre and once the Centre clears and approves it, malls across the state will be allowed to open.